Star Trek is an American science fiction media franchise that is derived from the 1960s television series named Star Trek. It was created by Gene Roddenberry. The series now known as The Original Series were debuted on September 8, 1966, and continued for three seasons on NBC. It followed the voyages of the USS Enterprise spacecraft. It was a space exploration vessel that was built in the 23rd century by the United Federation of Planets.
While humanity is fully present in every Star Trek series, there are some closest allies known as Vulcans. This logical species was the first to meet the passionate and ambitious Earthlings when they arrived at Warp Drive and accompanied them on their journey to become a galactic superpower. The Vulcans and humans don’t always agree so they always ended up working together on the greater good.
Who Have Been the Main Vulcan Characters on Star Trek?
Throughout Star Trek, fans have met and fallen in love with the Vulcans. However, all the Vulcans have not done well for history. But there are some good ones played by different actors and actresses.
Elizabeth was the little Vulcan and did not live long. Elizabeth was the milestone in the relationship between Humans and Vulcans. From the records of the show, Elizabeth was the first human/Vulcan hybrid to be born. People were not sure if the species was compatible. Hence, the birth of a hybrid kid was a step forward in scientific discovery.
Humans and Vulcans can get their heads around a lot. It was especially around the time of birth of Elizabeth. Her existence was a test of her abilities to fit in both mentally and physically. It helped the two species to form the Federation by finding more common grounds.
In TOS, Spock was already an incredible friend and officer. He helped to save the pockets of the galaxy at all times. However, as he aged, he went from being one of the best Vulcans to the leader of the future. When he became Ambassador than Admiral of Starfleet, he changed the focus towards his people and changed their future.
Anyone interested in reunification and opening arms to Romulus deserves all of the credit. His people had rejected the Romulans for years but they deserved better than that when they already were such close cousins. Spock saved universes, planets, and empires. Someday, the history books of Star Trek will treat him like the legend he is.
All the modern Vulcan culture is based on the teachings of one man, Surak. Many Vulcans considered him a scientist and philosopher. He was the greatest man who ever lived. The human equivalents of Surak are Newton and Einstein. Also, the Vulcans used to treat him like Jesus Christ. There were idols of him and thousands of copies of his ideas. Moreover, they all used his principles as a cultural and moral code system.
The Surak’s teachings are the closest Vulcans have to a religion. They take it as something serious. If there was no Surak, the Vulcans would not be the fierce ration people Star Trek fans adore. Without a doubt, he is an incredible Vulcan who deserves much praise.
Before Spock became such an ambitious ambassador, Sarek was there as his father. He was not only the greatest mediator of all times but also, defied tradition by marrying a human. He not only married a human but two of them and had a half-human son. Also, he adopted a human daughter.
Sarek was always a serious man but he was also progressive. He loved to push the boundaries of Vulcan culture. under the strong jaw and severe methods, he loved his wives and children very much. His work as an ambassador and a father made him an influential Vulcan and changed history.
Soyal, Vulcan’s ambassador during Captain Archer’s Day, was initially quite rude to humanity. Over time, he worked with TPoI and humans to forge a closer relationship with Vulcans. Far from a perfect man, his tenure as a head of Vulcan’s high command brought about many significant changes to the formation of the Federation and planet.
Considering the Federation becoming one of the major powers in the galaxy, the decision of Soyal was shocking. He might have taken some time to get closer to humanity but not loved them yet. On the other hand, it helped to change the future what matters the most.
The Vulcans attach great importance to their diplomats and philosophers. T’Pau is no exception in this consideration. Revered for her involvement in revealing the true teaching of Surak. She helped the Vulcan society to revolutionize with refined information. Over the years, she cared for Vulcans and did everything to improve the places of Vulcans in the galaxy.
She refused to serve on the Federation Council because she has always defined herself by the work for Vulcans. Whether it was an important diplomatic meeting or officiating at Spock’s wedding, T’Pau was a Vulcan to the people.
When the Enterprise was first launched into space, the Vulcan High Command insisted that one of its operatives should join the ship to observe. T’Pol, being the clever and young Vulcan was sent to the ship. However, over time, T’Pol learned to respect the crew. Eventually, she resigned from the Vulcan High Command and join them as the first officer of the Vulcan society.
Vulcan/Human tensions were so high that T’Pol took revolutionary steps to convince the people of Vulcan to accept humanity. Also, she convinced humanity that Vulcans were not as scary as they seem to be. Being the first Starfleet’s first Vulcan, she forever changes the course of human-Vulcan relations. It was mostly due to the reason that Trip and T’Pol had unwillingly Elizabeth.
Tuvok was a typical Vulcan and Starfleet officer before Voyager. He devoted himself to his duty, friends, and family. Also, he remained stoic and rose slowly through the ranks over the years. However, when the Voyager was launched into the Delta Quadrant, that changed everything.
While on the Voyager, Tuvok aided other teammates in emotional struggles, saved the ship countless times, survived assimilation. Also, he helped to destroy the massive Borg center. There have been countless situations in which Tuvok helped but these are the prominent ones. He went out of his boundaries to help his crew. Also, he was able to come home back from the Delta Quadrant.
Most people only know Spock, but Sarek had another son named Sybok. He was older than Spock and he grew up to be a revolutionary. He wanted more for Vulcans than incorrigible logic. Eventually, he opted for religion and led a group of people who believed in God. They were to find God somewhere in the universe. He also had visions.
In the end, the prophetic God of Sybok was just an alien entity who wanted to return to the Alpha Quadrant. He tricked Sybok into bringing him a ship with which he could escape the prison. As an act of self-sacrifice, Sybok sacrificed himself so that the Enterprise could leave without taking the alien. No one knows what he did, but he saved the galaxy.
Patar was a Vulcan admiral who helped lead Section 31. She was known to be an extremist but she wanted the best for the galaxy. She was willing to risk her life for this principle. In the end, she was successful in doing so. Section 31 was already a complex risk assessment group that was doing dangerous work to prevent disasters and wars from happening.
Patar began to use the control system that was AI. They were used to assess the dangers in the universe. Her decision to cede control of Section 31 to Control was bold. It killed almost everyone in the Section 31 headquarters. On the other hand, Control saved important people like Burnham and Spock.
Star Trek – Main Vulcans Of The Series
Vulcans are also known as Vulcanian were from the planet Vulcan. They were the first extraterrestrial species that made contact with humans in the Star Trek universe and media franchise. They were known for their living standard of being logical and reasonable. They had little interference from emotion.
All of the Vulcans as above-mentioned worked for their society. They worked to prevent disasters and wars with other species. Some were having connections with humans that they even got married to humans. Also, they had a hybrid child of humans and Vulcan who was the first step in scientific discovery.